On The Farm: Harris Starting Something New In Tennessee

On The Farm: Harris Starting Something New In Tennessee

Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010
Posted: 10:30 p.m.
By Kevin Czerwinski
CSNChicago.com
CUBSTennessee AA
Despite starting for much of his career at The University of Tennessee, TyRelle Harris has been coming out of the bullpen for much of his brief professional career. Prior to Tuesday, he had appeared in 44 games and in only one of those games did he start.

Harris, whom the Cubs acquired from the Braves last week, made his second career start Tuesday night for Tennessee and the results were impressive as the Smokies downed West Tenn, 9-6. The right-hander threw three-hit ball over five shutout innings to pick up his first victory since the trade.

The bullpen didnt fare as well, allowing six runs in 3 23 innings before Marco carillo came on to record the final out and pick up the save.

Tony Thomas and Marwin Gonzalez each had three RBIs for the Smokies. Steve Clevenger went 2-for-4 and is hitting .516 over his last nine games.

Daytona A
The Cubs continued their push to make the Florida State League playoffs Tuesday night with an 8-2 victory over Clearwater at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The win leaves Daytona 2.5 games back of first-place Tampa in the North Division with 11 games to play. The Yankees were idle for the second consecutive night because of rain.

Daytona explode for eighth third-inning runs. Kyler Burkes grand slam was the big blow in the inning, capping the rally. It was Burkes second slam of the year and seventh homer overall.

Brooks Raley allowed an unearned run over six innings to improve to 7-6. He fanned three and didnt walk a batter to earn his first victory since July 27. Raley has a 1.83 ERA in his last 10 starts.

In other action, Chris Carpenters Triple-A debut didnt go as planned as the Nashville downed Iowa, 6-4, at Principal Park. He allowed three runs on seven hits and four walks over three innings. Brad Snyder had a homer and two RBIs, extending his career high to 91 runs batted in. Vancouver bested visiting Boise, 5-1. Micah Gibbs had a pair of hits and scored a run for the Hawks. Peorias playoff hopes took another hit at Clinton on Tuesday as the LumberKings earned a 10-2 victory at Alliant Energy Field. The Cheifs committed four errors, surrendered three homers and left the bases loaded in the seventh en route to the loss. Nelson Perez was 2-for-4, extending his hitting streak to 10 games. Brett Wallach started and took the loss, allowing five runs in five innings. Peoria is 0-5 in Wallachs five starts since he was acquired from the Dodgers in a deadline deal. Carlos Silva will rehab with the Chiefs on Friday and pitch against Cedar Rapids. ... The AZL Cubs scored three first-inning runs and held on for a 3-2 victory over the Angels.

WHITE SOXBirmingham AA
The Barons stunned host Carolina with a four-run eighth inning on Tuesday and squeaked out a 5-4 victory at Five County Stadium.

C.J. Retherfords two-run double was the big blow in the inning and made a winner of Henry Mabee, who pitched two scoreless innings. Anthony Carter pitched a scoreless ninth for his Southern League-leading 22nd save.
Bristol Rookie
The Sox dropped a heartbreaker to visiting Johnson City on Tuesday, losing 1-0 at Boyce Cox Field.

Reggie Williams one-out homer off Spencer Shelton in the eighth inning was the difference. Bristol put runners in scoring position in both the eighth and ninth innings but couldnt push across the tying run. Spencer Arroyo started for the Sox and allowed two hits over seven innings. He fanned seven and didnt walk a batter.
In other action, Greensboro bested visiting Kannapolis, 7-1, in an afternoon affair. The Intimidators scored their run in the ninth inning on a Juan Silverio single. Matt Wickswat, who pitched a no-hitter in his previous start, took the loss after allowing two runs in five innings. He walked five and scattered three hits. Winston-Salem and Lynchburg were rained out and will play a doubleheader on Wednesday. Gwinnett erupted for seven runs in the seventh inning to rally past Charlotte, 9-5. Matt Zaleski didnt record an out and allowed six of those runs on two walks and four hits, including a homer. Brandon Hynick started and allowed two runs in 5 13 innings. Brent Morel was 1-for-5, extending his hitting streak to eight games. ... Ryan Hamme had three hits and two RBIs to lead Great Falls past visiting Orem, 11-3.

Kevin Czerwinski can be reached at ktczerwinski@gmail.com.

The big-picture reasoning behind Rick Renteria and bunting

The big-picture reasoning behind Rick Renteria and bunting

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Rick Renteria wants his players to be able to execute a bunt regardless of how much it drives White Sox fans crazy.

The White Sox manager wants to win now, but he’s also looking at the big picture.

Even though he knows how much a team’s chance of scoring decreases when an out is surrendered via the sacrifice bunt, Renteria is using the opportunity to see what abilities his players have. He wants to know what they can do.

Renteria is well aware that his calls for sacrifice bunts aren’t popular with fans (see: Twitter’s reaction to Yoan Moncada’s bunt tries on Saturday). But he also thinks there’s no better time to work on bunts than during a game. So as much fury as it brings, Renteria will continue to ask his players to work on a skill he’d like to see remain part of the game.

“Listen, (Moncada’s) a plus runner,” Renteria said. “He’s going to be able to use that as a part of his arsenal. I see a whole lot of home run hitters dropping bunts right now against shifts and things of that nature. I don’t think that art should disappear. We’re in the era of quote-unquote the long ball, but like I’ve said, sometimes you need to do certain things to kind of put your club in a better position.

"If you think that’s one of the things that’s available to you, you use it. I don’t think you’re necessarily giving it up in terms of an out, because when you’ve got guys who can run anything is possible. You end up loading the bases possibly. I know our guys are very cognizant of just playing the game. If they feel like they want to get two guys in scoring position on their own, they do it. It’s not something I want to take away from them. I think they read the defenses. Sometimes we talk about other ways of dealing with the defenses, but I think they’re understanding that we’re going to want that to be a part of all their abilities.”

As for the team’s execution, Renteria isn’t satisfied with the results. That means you can expect to see more bunts the rest of the way.

“It’s still a work-in-progress,” Renteria said. “I think that would be a falsehood to say we’re at the point where I go, I’m very, very happy with the way we lay down bunts. It’s still a work-in-progress, something that we’re going to continue to emphasize. Something we’re going to continue to work on. And then again, the only opportunities you get in real time are games, and that’s when you need ‘em.”

White Sox manager Rick Renteria 'surprised' Melky Cabrera hasn't been traded

White Sox manager Rick Renteria 'surprised' Melky Cabrera hasn't been traded

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The White Sox have offloaded more pieces in the past eight months than that furniture store that always seems to be going out of business.

Everything. Must. Go.

Even so, the team hasn’t found any takers for veteran outfielder Melky Cabrera, who finished with four hits in Saturday night’s 7-2 White Sox loss to the Kansas City Royals. Cabrera finished a triple shy of the cycle and drove in two runs. That Cabrera still resides on the South Side is a surprise to White Sox manager Rick Renteria.

“Honestly yeah, to be honest,” Renteria said. “To me he’s a premier Major League baseball player who has been playing outstanding defense. And he has been for us one of the two or three guys who has been timing his hitting in terms of driving in runs when we need them, putting together really good at-bats when we need them. Just playing the game. Yeah, kind of surprised.”

Despite making their intentions known that everyone short of Tim Anderson and Carlos Rodon are available, Cabrera’s name has barely registered a blip on the radar when it comes to trade rumors.

Several factors have probably prevented Cabrera from being dealt, the biggest being his salary. Cabrera is still owed roughly $6.3 million of his $15 million salary, which makes him an expensive option.

Defensive metrics also don’t have much love for Cabrera despite his eight outfield assists. Cabrera’s lack of range has produced minus-6 Defensive Runs Saved and a minus-4.7 Ultimate Zone Rating.

Those figures likely would like have teams lean toward making Cabrera a designated hitter. While he’s been one of the team’s most consistent and prominent offensive performers, Cabrera’s .786 ranks only about 38th in the American League.

As FanRag’s Jon Heyman noted earlier Saturday, to trade Cabrera the White Sox would likely have to eat most of the outfielder’s remaining salary.